Résumé

WORK HISTORY

May 2017 – Current

Senior Consultant II, Ideation & Experience Design

Neudesic
  • Drove initiative to create a new sales offering for content strategy and lead the first project based upon that offering.
  • Crafted approaches for selling strategy engagements and tiered-solutions around design language systems that cover a range of client budgets and needs.
  • Assisted in sales efforts including RFP responses, presentation materials and refining the approach to communicating the value proposition of UX strategy engagements.
  • Lead clients through ideation processes to expose actual needs over perceived needs, discover and define project requirements and competitive advantages.
  • Created requirement specifications, personas, information architecture and user flow diagrams, journey maps, prototypes, design specifications and design language systems.
  • Evangelized and mentored teams on the value, best practices, creation and utilization of design language systems.
May 2015 – March 2017

Manager, User Experience Design

Pearson
  • Directed UX design teams for six flagship educational platforms and the content products they contained.
  • Set the K-12 user experience strategy, focusing on creating continuity in experience across products.
  • Created a design language system that contains the components and interactions used across the K-12 portfolio which increased continuity and reduced spend by minimizing duplicative design and development.
  • Planned and coordinated usability sessions, early and often, to test design assumptions with actual users, resulting increased user satisfaction and reduced development costs.
  • Promoted a culture of cross-team communication, collaboration and knowledge sharing, resulting in a unified understanding and continuity in efforts across disciplines.
  • Collaborated with a broad group of executive stakeholders across disciplines and influenced the user experience decision making process.
June 2008 – May 2015

Senior Consultant, User Experience

Unicon, Inc.

Pearson Realize – Team Lead

  • Responsible for leading front-end development teams, promoting coding standards and user experience best practices, both horizontally and vertically across teams.
  • Worked closely with UX Designers on interaction patterns, mockups and acceptance criteria, bridging the communication gap between design and development teams.
  • On-boarded and mentored new team members.

Pearson Online Learning Exchange – User Experience Lead

  • Defined and drove front-end architecture and promoted coding standards and user experience best practices.
  • Collaborated with UX Designers on mockups and acceptance criteria, bridging the communication gap between design and development teams.
  • Wrote front-end user interface code.

Internally at Unicon

  • Mentored, provided career development and quarterly reviews for UI / UX Developers.
  • Presented on user experience topics at a monthly UX forum.
  • Interviewed potential hires and reviewed skills test submissions.
March 2006 – June 2008

Project Manager, User Experience

Gatesix, Inc.
  • Lead client engagements that required large technical components such as commerce, or content management systems.
  • Worked with clients to define project requirements and functional specifications.
  • Managed four scrum teams consisting of UX Designers, Front-end Developers and Backend Developers.
  • Provided user experience, art and technical direction.
  • Created information architecture diagrams, wireframes and low-fidelity mockups.
1998 – 2006

Earlier Work History

Available upon request, or on LinkedIn

EDUCATION

1995 – 1998

Graphic Design & Photography

Hennepin Technical College

Worked as a teacher’s assistant and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

LinkedIn

LEADERSHIP

Cross-Functional Team Leadership

Creating Collaborative Team Cultures

Team Building & Mentoring

Competitive Analysis

Requirement Definition

Project Management

Process Design & Optimization

Lean & Agile Methodologies

DESIGN

Design & Art Direction

User Experience Design

Design Language Systems

Information Architecture

Content Strategy

User-Centered Design

Mobile & Responsive Design

Wireframes

Usability Testing

DEVELOPMENT

HTML

CSS & LESS

JavaScript

Mobile & Responsive Layouts

Rapid Prototyping

TESTIMONIALS

Anika BausomUX Designer / Pearson
Design for Good Director / AIGA Arizona

The best type of leader is a coach and advocate. As my manager in my first year at Pearson, Alex has been exactly that.

He has helped me accomplish my personal goals in ways that support Pearson’s business goals. When I expressed interest in learning more about data visualization, he assigned me to relevant projects within our team, and also introduced me to people in other departments and encouraged me to form relationships with them to further my learning.

Alex’s multi-disciplined background across design and development is a huge benefit to the team and company. His knowledge and insights make communicating with development teams more productive. He also makes sure our UX team includes people with complimentary skills sets, so we have a balance of technical and visual skills.

Above all, Alex treats his team with trust and respect. He encourages us to make our own decisions and backs us up, but is always available to steer us if we need it. I find his combination of peer reviews and manager reviews especially helpful to get useful feedback on my work.

Alex’s skills as a designer, developer, and leader make him an asset to any team.

Jeffrey StreberDirector, Digital Product Mgmt / Pearson

Alex’s work as a UX team leader, as well as a UX designer himself, has made a huge difference in forming the shape and the direction of key products within the Pearson portfolio. First and foremost, Alex ensures that the solutions we deliver meet the needs of our students and teachers. As a user-centric designer, Alex understands how to iterate through a design or an approach, using analytics data and end user feedback, to hone in on the optimal design for any given set of use cases. However, because Alex also has a development background, he understands the technical “behind the scenes” constraints within which the development team must work. The result is that he has an incredible ability to balance solutions that consider technical constraints as well as user needs. I highly recommend Alex as a designer, leader, and collaborator.

Jennifer ReichlinSr. Software Product Manager / Pearson

I’ve been fortunate to work directly with Alex the past several years at Pearson on one of our flagship products.

Alex is uniquely positioned to deliver amazing customer experiences not only due to his background as a developer, but also due to his extensive UX design skills. He has proven his abilities to balance architectural constraints with user needs, which is truly a fine art! He is a trusted partner who works to bring the best solutions to our users by relying on end user feedback and data analytics to help establish the right approach.

In addition to being a skilled colleague, Alex brings a collaborative yet focused style to all he does. He is able to assess situations objectively to make the right decisions, but is also able to use his great sense of humor to keep teams highly functioning and motivated. Alex is a rock star – I recommend him highly!